Presidential elections kick off in Seychelles

09:35, May 20, 2011      

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Seychelles entered the first day of three-day presidential elections on Thursday. A total of 29 polling stations, one for each of the 25 districts, are set up across the Indian Ocean island country for the fifth presidential elections since Seychelles returned to multi-party politics in 1991.

Only the four non district-based polling stations will be opened on Thursday for people working on the outer islands, essential services workers, like nurses, doctors, police and firemen on duties.

Four presidential candidates, including incumbent James Michel of the ruling party, Lepep, will run for the votes of 69,480 registered voters.

Other contestants include Wavel Ramkalawan of the main opposition party, Seychelles National Party, Ralph Volcere of the New Democratic Party and independent candidate Philippe Boullé.

Some 45 foreign observers from Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), the Commonwealth Secretariat, a joint mission from the Indian Ocean Commission (COI) and the secretariat of the French-speaking body La Francophonie (OIF) are monitoring the process.

The main polling day is on Saturday when the bulk of the electorate will cast their votes. The results of the elections are expected to come out later in the same day.

It is widely expected that turn-out for this election will be as high as above 80 percent like the previous ones and President Michel to win another five-year term.

Source: Xinhua
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